Arizona Cardinals free safety Tyrann Mathieu will miss the remainder of the regular season after tearing the ACL and LCL in his right/left knee in Sunday’s game against the St. Louis Rams.
The rookie Mathieu was injured in the third quarter on a hit from Rams running back Isaiah Pead while returning a free kick.
Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart is expected to miss at least one game after suffering a torn MCL in his right knee during Sunday night’s game at the New Orleans Saints.
Stewart, who missed the first weeks of the season recovering from ankle surgery, will not play in Carolina’s next game against the New York Jets.
The injury occurred in the third quarter, when Stewart caught a 16-yard pass, and was tackled by Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis.
Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker received his second concussion in four weeks during Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans and will have to undergo NFL Concussion protocol.
Welker was reaching down to grab a low throw from quarterback Peyton Manning, when Titans safety Bernard Pollard collided with him, hitting Welker in the head and neck region, in the second quarter of the game.
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew strained his hamstring in the fourth quarter of Thursday’s game against the division-rival Houston Texans and will miss one game.
Jones-Drew suffered the injury when he was taken down by Texans linebacker Brooks Reed.
Minnesota Vikings fans collectively held their breath Sunday, when star running back Adrian Peterson was carted off the field in the second quarter of their matchup against the defending Super-Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens.
Peterson underwent an MRI on Monday which revealed that he did not suffer a Lisfranc injury, which would have required at least six weeks to heal. The injury has been tabbed as a mid-foot sprain.
Peterson was injured while reaching for a first down, when he was tackled by Ravens defensive lineman Arthur Brown.
New England Patriots:
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, who missed the first six weeks of the season, will now miss the remainder of the regular season and playoffs after tearing the ACL and MCL in his right knee in the Patriots comeback win Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.
Gronkowski returned to the Patriots lineup in Week 7 following multiple arm and back surgeries during the offseason. Gronkowski broke his right arm in Week 11 of the 2012 season, and re-broke the arm during the AFC Divisional Round matchup against the Houston Texans.
Gronkowski was injured Sunday in the third quarter after making a 21-yard reception. Cleveland Browns defensive back T.J. Ward caught Gronkowski’s knee with his shoulder as the tight end’s foot planted, flipping Gronkowski through the air, before he hit the turf. The Patriots placed Gronkowski on season-ending IR Monday.